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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

December 19, 2018

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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Five-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin is retiring from swimming at age 23, citing chronic shoulder pain that has affected her for the last 2½ years. She announced her plans Wednesday in a letter posted on ESPN.com. Franklin’s spokeswoman says the swimmer is with her family in Colorado for the holidays and isn’t commenting further for now. By The Associated Press. SENT: 482 words, photos.


DENVER _ A decades-old legal fight over access to a historic southern Colorado ranch may soon reach a conclusion. The Colorado Sun reports that William Harrison, owner of the San Luis Valley ranch, said Tuesday he is ending his legal efforts to restrict access by heirs of an 1844 Mexican land grant on which the ranch sits. SENT: 384 words.


COLORADO DAM EXPANSION _ Six environmental groups have asked a federal judge to block the expansion of a reservoir in the foothills southwest of Boulder.

CONVERSION THERAPY BAN-DENVER _ Denver’s City Council will soon consider a ban on psychotherapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation of minors.

MALL SHOOTING-COLORADO SPRINGS _ Police say three people were wounded in a drive-by shooting outside a Colorado Springs mall Tuesday. Police initially said two people had been shot but police discovered there was a third victim, a juvenile, after he went to the hospital for treatment early Wednesday.



ENGLEWOOD _ With Denver out of playoff contention and facing a slew of injuries at cornerback, the Broncos placed star Chris Harris Jr. on injured reserve and signed free agent Craig Mager, who was released by the Chargers earlier this season. Harris sustained a chip fracture in his lower right leg two weeks ago and was hoping to return for the Broncos’ final game, Dec. 30 against the Chargers, but that was only if Denver remained in contention. The Broncos (6-8) were eliminated last weekend following their second straight loss to a sub.-500 team. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 234 words.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. _ It’s one task to compile a list of banned coaches, quite another to identify all the good ones. While Olympic overseers struggle to compile a comprehensive list of bad actors in the wake of a wide-ranging sex-abuse crisis, an entrepreneur with a passion for youth sports is embarking on what could prove to be an even more meaningful task: helping families discover which coaches are not only certified, but best qualified to work with their kids. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 849 words, photos.


The Montreal Canadiens visit the Colorado Avalanche. Game starts at 6:30 p.m.


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